Public engagement in the Welsh Parliament: shifting the dial from public-facing to public-engaging

Prior, Alex and Stirbu, Diana (2023) Public engagement in the Welsh Parliament: shifting the dial from public-facing to public-engaging. International Journal of Parliamentary Studies, 3 (1). pp. 63-93. ISSN 2666-8912

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This article provides an analysis of public engagement as it is practised and conceptualised by the Welsh Parliament. It does so by applying an interpretive framework to elite interviews and select committee report forewords, in order to identify institutional narratives of public engagement. These narratives are identified and discussed at three different levels of decision-making (and in ascending levels of ‘abstraction’): practice, strategy, and concept. The chosen framework and methodology show the usefulness of narrative at a conceptual and analytical level. The conclusions drawn – regarding 1) the need for a shift from public-facing to public engaging committee work, 2) a lack of clarity on desired outcomes, and 3) continued tensions around sources of evidence and knowledge – are relevant and applicable to parliaments across a range of contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: parliament; engagement; institutions; narratives; strategy; interpretive
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Diana Stirbu
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 11:24
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 13:27


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